At our annual joint meeting with the Port Manatee Propeller Club, held on February 12th at the Bradenton Yacht Club, Mr. Carlos Diaz of World Direct Shipping spoke about the new service that his company recently inaugurated between Mexico and Port Manatee. World Direct Shipping operates container ship service that provides direct, door-to-door sea cargo transport between Coatzacoalcos, Mexico and Port Manatee, Florida. The service connects the key central and southern markets of Mexico, including Mexico City, to West Florida and the Eastern United States, and vice versa. According to Mr. Diaz, their short transit times and trip frequency are ideal for perishable cargo, and for those customers that need more reliability and less handling than conventional over-the-road-trucks can provide, and they offer service for refrigerated and oversized cargo. Their service is once per week, with a 2-1/2 day transit in each direction. Mr. Diaz’ presentation was very interesting, and another reminder of the economic importance of Port Manatee to our community.